The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project assists folks coming out of
immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational,
legal, and emotional support and services. They work to organize around the
structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQIA TS & GNC
detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race,
sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.
They are committed to assisting folks in building lives outside of detention,
to breaking down the barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and
productive lives, and to keeping queer families intact by demanding an end to
deportations/ detention/ policing. They believe in creating a narrative of
thriving, not just surviving.
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a post-release support,
detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project
that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Intersex,
Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ (LGBTQIA* GNC TS) immigrant prisoners and
their families currently in detention centers, those that have been recently
released from detention centers, and those at risk at entering immigration
detention in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York).
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project is a project of the Center for
This year we’re pledging for four games in June, three home games and our
“away” game against Brooklyn Italians at Met Oval.